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Judge Judy Extends CBS Deal Through 2020

New five-year agreement includes first look deal with her company, Queen Bee Productions

Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of long-running hit syndicated series “Judge Judy,” has extended her deal with CBS Television Distribution through 2020, the company announced Monday.

Scheindlin’s new deal includes a first-look deal for her company Queen Bee Productions, which produces “Hot Bench,” a syndicated legal show that premiered in 2014. “Hot Bench” was recently renewed for a second season.

“I’m thrilled to be working with my CBS family for five more years, and very excited about this new adventure in production,” Sheindlin said in a statement. “I loved the experience of creating and developing ‘Hot Bench’ and look forward to replicating its success with more new, compelling and smart TV.”

Currently in its 19th season, “Judge Judy” has been the highest rated series in first-run syndication for the past five seasons with an average of 10.3 million viewers. “Judge Judy” is produced by Big Ticket Pictures, a CBS company, and distributed by CBS Television Distribution.

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